Today’s photos come from Heather Gallagher, who lives in Devon, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia) on a beautiful 6-1/2-acre plot that she bought a year and a half ago. Heather says that she is a novice gardener, but she has joined the local garden club and is learning how to maintain and expand the garden within her aesthetic.
The garden has a lot of history. The original stone house is believed to have been built in 1748, and many gardeners and farmers lived there and put the garden to different use. The people who owned the garden before Heather bought it in 1975 and found it in need of a lot of love and restoration. Heather is learning to keep embracing what makes the garden so beautiful, while dealing with new challenges such as the ever-increasing local deer herds that like to make a snack of many of the plants in the garden.
In winter the garden is still a magical place, with wild vines promising color and magic once warmer weather arrives.
One of the great things about an old garden is the way plants grow up and around the structures, making them feel like a timeless part of the landscape.
A birdhouse is ready for when nesting season arrives.
And this is what the garden looks like in spring! Trees are just coming into leaf, and flowering shrubs are everywhere.
The view down to the swimming pool in early spring. What a magical space! This looks like a garden where the gardeners actually take the time to enjoy the place they have.
A path winds through the garden, lined with perennials and shrubs in all their spring glory.
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